by Susan McCarthy
Let’s face it, decluttering is difficult. You’ve had these things for a while, so you’re used to owning them. And you can probably explain why you think you should hold onto this stuff. But here’s the thing if you’re here, reading this, you want to declutter those things.
You know that your home would look less chaotic if there wasn’t so much stuff around. And you’d feel less stressed if you weren’t losing items or bumping into piles or trying to scurry around and hide the excess before allowing someone into your home.
Here are ten common excuses for holding onto things and some reasons why you don’t have to be ruled by these reasons.
Remember, decluttering isn’t about getting rid of everything…it’s about deciding what you want to keep because you use it, want it, and like it.
Ten Excuses You Give for Holding onto Clutter – and Ten Reasons for Letting It Go
A lot of times, people want to hold onto things because of the memories they connect to the item. But here’s the thing, your memories aren’t in the items, they are inside you. Getting rid of a memento isn’t saying that event or person associated with that item is no longer important. You could always make videos of you holding different items and telling the stories associated with them before letting go of these things.
Also, trying to keep everything associated with every event and activity diminishes their importance. Curate your sentimental items – pick the things connected to the best memories and those items (and memories) will stand out as special.
I Don’t Want to Do This Wrong.
You’re tripping over your perfectionism. Let me tell you that there is no single right way to declutter or organize. Aim for “good enough.” You can always go back and tweak areas once you start living in your cleared spaces. If you aren’t certain, put something in a box for a month. If you don’t miss it (or even think about it), you can probably let go of it.
If you find yourself arguing with “rules” like getting rid of anything you haven’t used in six months, then don’t follow that rule. Really. Follow the rules that make sense for you, maybe because you’ve made them yourself.
Hi, I’m Susan.
And I’m here to help you clear the things cluttering your life so you can do and have more of what’s important to you.
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